Their secret could tear everything apart…
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died.
Trapped at home by her over-bearing parents Beth needs to get out. So when she sneaks out to a party and meets the boy everyone’s been talking about she’s shocked by their instant connection, and the part he played in her sister’s death.
A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings become.
Beth has a choice to make – follow the rules, or risk ruining what she cares about most.
Review – No Spoilers
I have to say this book is a little different from my usual read, I don’t read a lot of YA in general but I really enjoyed this book and am so pleased to be a part of the book tour for it run by Harper Collins Publishers.
Beth, 17, lost her sister Rachel, 3 years ago. Since then she has been struggling with her parents suffocating behaviour and the strict rules they impose upon her. They are all still coming to terms with Rachel’s death. Beth’s parents don’t seem to have accepted the fact that Rachel has gone and Beth doesn’t seem to be able to cry.
Things reach breaking point for Beth when she discovers her Mother has intercepted her college applications and are insisting she goes to a local school and continues to live at home. Pushed to the point of rebellion Beth goes to a party, meets Chase and loses her virginity to him in a one night stand.
It’s only afterwards that Beth comes to realise that this gorgeous boy with the dark blue eyes who makes her heart beat faster, is the one boy she should never fall in love with.
Beth is struggling. Struggling with coming to terms with her sister’s death, struggling with her parent’s ridiculous behaviour and struggling with her feelings for Chase. As a reader, I half wanted to scream at Beth to stay away from him, but the other half of me could completely understand how torn she felt. How now she had fallen for him it was impossible to stay away from him despite knowing their relationship would never be accepted. Sometimes knowing you have to stay away from someone makes you want them all the more.
Throughout the book, Beth’s parents become stricter and some of their behaviours definitely comes across as unreasonable. Removing her bedroom door, taking her car away and intercepting her college applications are controlling actions that push Beth further away from them. However, I could empathise with them. They are grieving parents who just want to protect their youngest daughter and keep her safe, they just go about it the wrong way.
And Chase. Chase who made a mistake 3 years ago and is still paying for it. Beth can forgive him but can anyone else? Her parents hate him, his own father has disowned him and the other high school kids terrorise him. It was difficult to hate Chase for what he had done as he comes across as so remorseful for what he has done. Determined to pay the price of his actions he rarely reacts to the school bullies and takes it all in his stride.
The teenage relationships here are quite believable. Beth is often arguing with her best friend Scarlett, as teenage girls do. And then there is Jeff who was Rachel’s boyfriend before she died. Jeff seems to be looking out for Beth at first but is he as nice as he seems?
The ending of this book, for me, was perfect, I do like it when things all come together and this ending certainly wrapped things up in a neat little bow.
This is a story about 2 young people who should hate each other but instead fall in love. It explores lots of topics including grief, abuse and bullying. It is emotional at times but a really enjoyable story nonetheless.
I give this book 4/5 stars
*This book was gifted to me as part of the blog tour in exchange for a full, honest review.
About Erin Watt
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.